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Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.
Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.
Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.
Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at

Recent Articles
  • Clay County investigators trying to find who shot at Staley High School runners with BB guns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Metro high school athletes were targeted with BB guns while at practice on Tuesday. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says investigators are trying to track down the suspect or suspects. The incident happened during cross-country practice and several Staley High School varsity boys were targeted. FOX 4 spoke to the coach who said everybody is okay and nobody had to go to the hospital. The school district confirms that none of the students was seriously injured and […]

  • As drivers voice anger, KC tow manager wants police to put clamps down on predatory ‘crash chasers’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo, – The city’s tow services division is warning drivers about predatory tow truck companies. It’s a FOX 4 follow-up to a story we brought you last year. Nathan Pare’ with the city’s tow services division said he’s concerned police are not enforcing the laws that ban tow trucks from soliciting at scenes hard enough. FOX 4 obtained numbers from police that show how many citations they have issued over the past several years. It shows police have […]

  • Neighbors lend helping hands after storm rips through neighborhood

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s no power anywhere in one North KC neighborhood our FOX 4 crew visited, but with lights, you could see front yards were just covered with trees and the street was covered with debris. It’s quiet here now but a short time ago neighbors were out with chainsaws already going to work and cleaning up this mess. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush drove all through the neighborhood and saw around five or six homes that had […]

  • Families remember lives of lost babies at balloon release in Wyandotte County

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Members from the Wyandotte County Health Department attended a balloon release Thursday night in memory of local families who have lost babies. Staff with the health department said Wyandotte County is experiencing a higher rate of baby deaths than all other counties in the state. “If our babies are dying then there is something seriously going wrong in our community,” said Jennifer Allen, with the health department. Allen said the health department does an investigation on […]

  • Dozens of people calling out phone scam where swindler solicits donations for Olathe Police

    OLATHE, Kan. — Olathe Police want to warn you about a man who is calling people asking for donations for the police department. Police said he is not with the department and they are investigating the incident after receiving almost 100 complaints. “They are asking for donations and when they are told no, they don’t have the money for it, that’s when they kind of get more aggressive,” said Sergeant Logan Bonney with Olathe Police. FOX 4 spoke to a […]

  • ‘Felony Lane Gang’ member arrested in metro, caught with hundreds of fake credit cards

    BELTON, Mo. — Police said members from the Felony Lane Gang are back in the Kansas City metro, this time in Belton. When FOX 4 last told you about the gang they were targeting women at Johnson County pools and dog parks. “They go in and they steal cards and they make cards and they kind of saturate an area, and then they are down the road and gone,” said Lt. Brad Swanson, with Belton Police. He said Belton Police […]

  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver co-sponsoring legislation to ban bump stocks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban “bump stocks.” They are legal attachments that can make a semi-automatic rifle fire off multiple rounds, similar to a military weapon. On Sunday, he told FOX 4 the proposed legislation is getting support from both sides of the aisle. “At least we are recognizing we should have an impact on reducing the number of these mass killings,” he said. Cleaver said he feels 95 percent certain that […]

  • Lee’s Summit North students and family hold vigil to remember classmate

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Dozens of students came together Friday night to remember a Lee’s Summit North High School student who took her own life inside the school last week. Friends and family held a candlelight vigil to honor 17-year-old Gemesha Thomas. “Her smile was contagious, she was amazing, she really was,” said classmate Anthony George. “We talked on the daily, I am overwhelmed by it but I am glad we could come here as a community and show support […]

  • Lee’s Summit North H.S. students witness shooting during Spanish class field trip to Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of Lee’s Summit North students on a field trip for their Spanish class witnessed violence Friday afternoon when a store clerk shot a robber at Royal Liquors, 801 Southwest Blvd. That account comes from a parent whose teenager was on the field trip. Police say two men went into the liquor store to rob it but the clerk pulled out a gun of his/her own and shot one of the suspects. Both fled. Police […]

  • Kansas City in the running to score a host city site for 2026 FIFA World Cup

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was announced Wednesday that Kansas City is in the running to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Currently, Kansas City is up against 25 other cities in the United States for the bid. Four cities from Canada and three cities from Mexico are also being considered. The host city can expect somewhere around a $1 billion economic impact. In 2014, the World Cup had more than 900 million viewers worldwide. “FIFA […]

  • Popular metro Facebook group working to become charity wants to serve as a ‘Red Cross for theft victims’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The creators of a popular metro Facebook group that aims to fight crime are in the process of applying to become a 501(C)(3) Charity. Group “Stolen KC” has nearly 90,000 members. The creator said they will be somewhat of a “Red Cross for theft victims.” “There really is nothing out there to supplement or assist someone who has been a victim of theft, but it can be as traumatic as a natural disaster,” said founder, Dave […]

  • Two killed in KCK crash where theft suspect was fleeing police identified

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Reports of a theft at a metro store sent police on a chase that ended with a crash, leaving two people dead near 99th and Parallel on Monday afternoon. Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating — and says KCK Police got word of a theft at the Cabela’s at The Legends. Investigators didn’t release what was stolen, KCK Police gave chase and the driver crashed soon after. Officers had the scene blocked off all night near 99th […]